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Excellence and Innovation in Teaching 21st-Century Skills

Consistent with the Strategic Plan, the Office of the Provost recognizes a small number of faculty who have demonstrated particular innovation, excellence, and effectiveness teaching the 21st-century skills identified by the faculty in the Academic Vision and Strategic Plan: creativity, empathy, critical thinking, information/data literacy, advanced platform skills, resilience, and lifelong learning.

January 31: For full-time faculty, Deans shall determine who should receive the award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching 21st-Century Skills and report this designation to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Assessment. Deans are encouraged to invite nominations from departments as appropriate and may decide to set a pre-deadline for these nominations.

Each college may award one full-time professor for the award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching 21st-Century Skills .The Deans' Office should provide the following nominating material in addition to the material listed in "General Eligibility":

  • Highlights of teaching assignments;
  • Examples of teaching innovations and engagement in student learning outcomes assessment;
  • Examples of teaching evaluations and analysis thereof. To underscore our receptiveness to student feedback, teaching evaluation documentation is mandatory for the nomination package. Available comparison information should also be provided. Nominator should note if (and why) there is no available documentation on student evaluations, and is free to provide a framework if there is a belief that the scores do not do justice to the candidate’s teaching excellence;
  • Justification for nomination.

Aside from evaluations and student letters (see below), any artifacts of teaching innovations, syllabi, teaching evaluations and the like should be limited to five pages and should be directly provided (as paper or attachments) with the nomination (rather than by a link, web page, flash drive, etc.).

January 31: Nominators should arrange for between three and seven student letters from students taught by the nominee. No more than seven letters will be accepted. At least one letter should be from a current student, and letters should represent at least three different courses for a full-time faculty member (aside from exceptions as noted above). Students should also be encouraged to highlight innovations in the teaching approach of their nominee.

February 15:A judging panel will select a winner(s) for the award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching 21st-Century Skills